Here is Terry McCrann doing the “any publicity is good publicity” thing:
A particularly egregious exercise in verballing Abbott came from the normally sensible Sinclair Davidson on the usually intelligent Catallaxy blog.
Sinclair, who went quite hysterical over the issue, headlined one of his posts: Day 1 of a broken promise: ‘There will be no new taxes under a government I lead’.
In the body of his post Sinclair admitted that Abbott hadn’t actually said that. But instead: “Whether it’s a stealth tax (like) the emissions trading scheme, whether it’s an upfront and straightforward tax like a carbon tax, there will not be any new taxes as part of the Coalition’s policies.”
Apart from the obvious point that it was not a new tax, there was a slightly more egregious problem with Sinclair’s zinger. Abbott said that in December 2009.
Come on Sinc, you can do better than that. Surely you can find a quote from his student days that proved he lied in the election campaign.
In the days since I’ve done much better than that – the pain must be driving Terry mad:
The Australian and Sky TV’s Peter van Onselen comes close to equalling Davidson for hysterical idiocy, claiming (yet again) last night that this was the day Abbott “broke his solemn promise that there would be no new taxes”. A “solemn promise” he did not make in the campaign.
Perhaps in years to come, just why this levy caused such an outbreak of mass hysteria and the most basic cognitive dissonance among so many otherwise rational people, could well become a case study in psychology.
Straight from the Lewandowsky school of analysis – people who disagree with you on matters of principle must be mentally ill.
Six months into a new government and already they’re shooting the messengers, persecuting dissidents, and hunting down heretics. All so that they can appease the fiscal mob who will never vote for them anyway.